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TELLURIDE FALL    2018 & 2019

2018 Classes

THE THREE-DAY MINIATURE JUMP-START

OCTOBER 24 – 26, 2018 | GABRIELLE FOX | $600
Students with particular miniature binding projects they would like to focus on before the week-long class begins, may elect to attend this three-day opportunity to work individually with Gabrielle. Students from Gabrielle’s previous classes given priority; new students may apply.

Gabrielle perfectly upholds the standard of teaching I have come to expect from AAB. No where else can you learn this professional level of miniature binding from a master.

FINE LEATHER BINDING IN MINIATURE

OCTOBER 29 – NOVEMBER 2, 2018 | GABRIELLE FOX | $800
Creating a full leather miniature book requires a unique approach to binding. Though many of the materials used in binding full-sized and miniature books are the same, the challenges and solutions, the handling, preparation and hand skills needed are often quite different.

The books you will bind will be full leather with decorative leather headbands, full leather pastedowns, endpapers and concentrate on design work using leather onlays. An exploration of tooling with hand tools designed for miniature binding will be an option, depending on available time and individual student experience and ability. Structural and material choices, and design considerations will be integrated throughout the course.

PARCHMENT OVER BOARDS

NOVEMBER 5 – 9, 2018 | PETER GERATY | $800
Parchment has a mystique and a mind of its own. The mystique we admire, the mind we must work with! The hygroscopic nature of this wonderful material allows it to expand and contract as the environment changes, but the strength and durability of parchment make it an ideal material for bookbinding. Its successful use is a valuable addition to your skill set.

During this workshop you will learn how to create a parchment binding over boards, which will accentuate the beauty of parchment and compensate for its tendency to wander. You will learn to construct a historical 16th century style binding in parchment over boards that is usually done as a “quick” binding. Following that we will make a modern update that is worked more methodically and is a good basis for fine binding.

Throughout the workshop we will discuss the nature of parchment, how it is made and look at examples of parchment bindings. There is an expectation of intermediate skills in bookbinding to take this workshop.

THE “OTHER” TOOLING TECHNIQUE

NOVEMBER 12 – 16, 2018 | PETER GERATY | $800
Required for the Integrated Studies diploma but available for all interested students, the type of tooling taught in this class allows the finisher to hand-tool books in the least amount of time possible. This technique is often used for application on fine leather edition work and requires minimal preparation and transfer of the design on the spine and cover, mostly relying on the binder’s hands and eyes for accurate tool placement. It is also a method of tooling that is applicable to one-of-a-kind leather bindings that are not budgeted for a more labor intensive treatment.

In this comprehensive one-week class, students will be led through the steps involved in producing shiny, bright, brilliant and clear tooling on leather books, and will be given specific guidance in the development of hand-eye skills necessary for success. They will learn correct sizing, gold handling, and tool heat and pressure. Probably as important as learning these proper procedures, students will be exposed to an assortment of tricks, short cuts and problem solving techniques that Peter has developed, learned and adapted over his long career. Historical examples will also be presented for reference and models to follow in class.

2019 Classes

TITLING, TWO WAYS

SEPTEMBER 23 – 27, 2019 | DON GLAISTER
Historically, bindings had titles, almost without exception. They were very often rendered in gold leaf on the spine. In the middle of the 20th century however, designers of fine bindings began to consider the appearance of titles as optional, and that trend still continues. The change from obligatory titling to optional titling has resulted in two seemingly opposing viewpoints: that titling doesn’t matter and there is no reason to learn it; and titling really matters because if it is chosen to be part of a given design, it had better be done with the same degree of skill as other tooling and decorative techniques used in that design.

You may not be surprised to know, this class strongly promotes the second viewpoint and provides instruction in two methods of titling to ensure mastery: handle letters (individual brass letters mounted in wood handles) and loose brass type arranged in a hand-held type holder (composteur).

This one-week course will lay out the simple yet precise techniques necessary to achieve elegant gold titling. Students will work on titling blocks covered with leather and will spend time using handle letters and type held in composteurs. Through personal guided instruction, this class will build a strong practical foundation in titling, including body form mechanics, tool heat and pressure, blind tooling, the handling of gold leaf and finally, titling in gold. Significant emphasis will also be made on learning to make titling adjustments and correcting errors that will inevitably occur. Once this foundation is built, the rest is practice. Class size is limited to eight.

INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED FINE LEATHER BINDING

SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 11, 2019 |DON GLAISTER
This two-week class is designed to help students with varying levels of experience in fine binding to refine and review their techniques, develop more advanced and sophisticated ones and even invent new techniques. Emphasis will also be placed on binding design and design execution. Some of the more advanced techniques that may be explored are: elaborate woven headbands, edge gilding, gold, blind and painted tooling, inlays and onlays of leather or other materials. Students will work independently on their particular projects, with close monitoring and guidance from the instructor. They will be encouraged to explore various design concepts and decorative techniques, depending upon their level of experience and expertise.

The class may be used as a review of the binding process or to concentrate on a few, or even one specific technique. The AAB Fundamentals / Intermediate Binding class, or equivalent, is a prerequisite for this class and it may be repeated as needed.

INTRODUCTION TO BOOKBINDING, LEVEL I

NOVEMBER 4 – 8, 2019 | LANG INGALLS
If you have never taken a bookbinding class before, this is the course for you. The week is devoted to the fundamental building blocks of bookbinding; it is an introduction to the binding of books into cloth and paper covers.

Starting at the very beginning, students will learn about paper grain, cutting and folding, making and sewing the signature and producing a pamphlet binding. From there they will expand to multi-signature sewing and case binding. Introduction to the essential tools of the trade will be covered. Students will learn techniques, tricks and habits that will prepare them to progress to the next level or to practice and explore on their own at home. The marvels of paper, the details of sewing, the characteristics of an attractive book cover and more are taught in this class.

INTRODUCTION TO BOOKBINDING, LEVEL 2

NOVEMBER 11 – 15, 2019 | PETER GERATY
Students who have taken previous bookbinding classes will find an opportunity in this course to further develop their skills and to deepen their knowledge of the materials and techniques used in bookbinding. Starting with a review of the simple case binding, students will learn to make a rounded spine, sew endbands, incorporate design options such as embossed boards, and learn efficient methods for taking a book apart or making multiples. For those who are ready, the paring of leather and creating a quarter-leather binding is an option. This course will also focus on providing solutions to individual problems or areas that students specifically want to explore. It is highly recommended that students complete this introductory level prior to participation in the Fundamentals of Fine Leather Binding course.

STAMPING & TOOL MAINTENANCE

NOVEMBER 18 – 22, 2019 | PETER GERATY
This course is an amalgamation of two very disparate, yet highly necessary, skills for the book worker. It begins with three days of demonstration and practice in the use of stamping, foils, leaf, blind stamping, jigs, over-stamping, multiple colors and more in the decoration of bindings.

Shifting gears, the students are then guided through two days detailing the appropriate maintenance and sharpening of tools. Students learn to adjust board cutters, presses and guillotines, and how to sharpen their knives and shape their own tools allowing more confidence in taking care of their equipment.